Excited about flying the CRJ 700

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GoJet CRJ-700 N153GJ Operating as United Express, my ride to Chicago, with a Continental 737 in the background

Yeah, I’m excited to be flying on the CRJ-700 this afternoon from Newark to Chicago as the first of many flights in my StarMegaDo experience.  No, I didn’t get upgraded into ExPlus.  I didn’t even make it into the Economy Plus section.  No Channel 9 to listen to the air traffic controllers along the way.  Heck, there is barely even a window at this row.  There really is very little about this that should really make me particularly happy.

And yet, here I am, happily ensconced in seat 15C and really quite pleased.

Due to work commitments I originally had to book the 7pm departure from Newark this evening.  Fortunately, however, I was able to adjust that schedule and get to the airport around 1pm, plenty early for the 2:36pm flight to Chicago.  I was flying standby at that point and it turns out that there was a small chance that I wouldn’t make the flight – there were more folks who wanted to go standby than seats available.  But as they started boarding I heard my name called and I was handed my new boarding pass.  Not much could have made me happier.

Even better, the flight departed on time and is expected to arrive early into Chicago this afternoon.  That means plenty of time for me to hang out before heading out to meet the rest of the pre-party crowd for dinner.

So, yes, I’m happy to be on the CRJ-700.  I never really thought I’d write that.

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